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March 13th

A bighorn sheep thank you

March 13, 2013

The fundraiser gala “500 and Rising” was a terrific success, sharing with over 150 guests the remarkable story of the wild sheep in our backyard.

On behalf of the Sierra Nevada Bighorn Sheep Foundation I would like to thank the friends from near and far who came to show their enthusiasm for Sierra Nevada bighorn sheep, as well as the many people who worked hard to bring about this event.

Rich Boccia

March 13, 2013

We’re sorry to see Rich Boccia go.

No we’re not.

Yes we are.

Boccia’s sudden resignation as superintendent of the Mammoth Unified School District, effective March 1, elicited similar responses all around town and, presumably, in the cloistered halls of the high school, middle school, and elementary school.

He was a smart, brash, in-your-face Italian American, and Mammoth has never seen anyone quite like him.

March 12th

June Mountain hosts 300 search and rescue team members from across the state

March 12, 2013

Teams sought to renew their snow and ice rescue skills

The bitter wind bites and lifts snow and ice crystals, flinging them against the black rock and white ground, hitting the Search and Rescue team in the face as they struggle up the steep mountainside.

They have been climbing for precious minutes now, trying to reach an avalanche victim. A steady avalanche beacon sound—“beep, beep, beep”—is the only lifeline they have to the unknown victim.

“Beep, beep, beep. Beep, beep, beep.”

Mammoth Schools name interim superintendent

March 12, 2013

Town resident Lou Stewart replaces Boccia

The Mammoth Unified School District on Tuesday named an interim superintendent in the wake of the now-you-see-him, now-you-don’t resignation of Rich Boccia.

Lou Stewart takes over the position on Monday, March 11, bringing with her three decades of experience in education.

According to school officials, Stewart has been an elementary school principal, high school co-principal, and Director of Special Education, and began her career as a special education teacher.

Nothing to grouse about

March 12, 2013

A little bird could hold the fate of Mono County in its sharp talons

It is hard to imagine that the fate of Mono County might rest not in its mountains, not in its ski hills, or bike trails or world renown trails, but in something far more innocuous.

A little bird, no bigger than a chicken.

‘We are an anomaly,’ tourism leader says

March 12, 2013

Business Improvement District fee on fast track

The push for a Business Improvement District fee on tourism-based businesses in Mammoth is so radically different from other California models that tourism chief John Urdi said the town stands alone.

“We’re an anomaly here,” Urdi said on Wednesday March 6, in a short presentation to the Town Council.

Fear and loathing in June Lake

March 12, 2013

Residents vent their frustrations as Rusty Gregory asks for political support for a land trade

One of the Mono County Board of Supervisors agenda items for its Tuesday, March 5, meeting was to hear Mammoth Mountain Ski Area CEO Rusty Gregory’s presentation for political support for a federal land swap.

March 10th

Local man arrested on suspicion of child sex charges

March 10, 2013

RAW: According to the Mono County District Attorney's office, on March 8, Mammoth Lakes resident, Gene Wayne Harris, was arrested on a warrant charging contact with a minor with the intent to commit a sexual offense.

On March 1, the Mono County District Attorney was referred an investigation through the MLPD School Resource Officer Program after Harris, 41, made inappropriate contact with a minor through her Facebook account.

March 7th

Needy Fido

March 7, 2013

 

“Geez Fido, get out of the way, will ya? It’s about the third time today I’ve almost tripped over you.”

“I was just making sure you knew I was still here,” Fido said.

“It’s not like anybody could miss you. You’re 80 pounds of Big Red Lug.”

“But I don’t care about anybody. I care about you, you, and you.”

Money for ranchers, farmers available

March 7, 2013

 

About $5.2 million in grants will begin to flow to ranchers and farmers in the Sierra after the Sierra Nevada Conservancy (SNC) Governing Board recently approved $5.2 million in Proposition 84 grant awards.

The grants aim to assist Sierra ranchers and farmers in 18 counties with conservation measures designed to protect California’s most important watersheds.

With the completion of this grant round, the SNC has awarded $52 million to nearly 300 projects in the Sierra in the past five years.

Mammoth Lakes Police goes high tech, hits social media

March 7, 2013

 

The Mammoth Lakes Police Department (MLPD) recently entered into an agreement with Police Reports, U.S., to expand public service to allow individuals involved in traffic collisions to purchase a copy of the report on-line.

Traffic Collision reports can be purchased for $10 by either coming in to the police station, calling, writing, emailing, or purchasing online.

Mammoth Biathlon March 22-24

March 7, 2013

 

Spanning three days, the Mammoth Biathlon includes a day of shooting and instructional clinics at Snowcreek Athletic Club and Tamarack Cross Country Ski Center, and two days of racing on the exclusive back side of Mammoth Mountain. The Mammoth Winter Biathlon takes place in partnership with the Eastern Sierra Nordic Ski Association, from Friday, March 22 to Sunday, March 24.

Wildland firefighter job fair March 9

March 7, 2013

 

A wildland job fair will be held in Mammoth on Saturday, March 9, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the U.S. Forest Service Fire Station #2 on the Sawmill cutoff road junction with S.R. 203.

A seasonal firefighter can expect to earn between $10,000 and $25,000 during the season, depending on the fire severity that season.

For more information, contact 924-5543 and ask for Jeff Lucas or email Lucas at jlucas@fs.fed.us 

New program takes pressure off county jail

March 7, 2013

 

Low-level offenders who might otherwise go to the county jail may have another alternative now in Mono County. Offenders can now pay a fee—$250—and complete “certain terms and conditions” in lieu of being charged and/or going to jail, according to the Mono County District Attorney’s office.

If counseling is needed, the offender pays for it, along with other costs. The case can be closed within six months with no conviction, if all the terms of the program are met.

Yay for Boo and Bacon at Friends of the Inyo

March 7, 2013

 

Friends of the Inyo (FOI) welcomed Dr. Tom Boo of Bishop and Jo Bacon of Mammoth to its Board of Directors at its February board meeting.

 FOI is a nonprofit conservation organization dedicated to the preservation, exploration and stewardship of the region’s public lands.

Tom Boo is a physician at Northern Inyo Hospital who believes that working with Friends of the Inyo will be a great opportunity to live by the maxim “think globally, act locally.”

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